Book Review - How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, Ph. D.
I just finished a very short book with some interesting concepts. It's called How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, Ph. D.
The book is a self-improvement title for developing "positive strategies for work and life". They use the metaphor of a bucket and dipper to explain how your everyday interactions with others can have lasting impacts for both parties. If you have a negative interaction, it's like taking your dipper and removing liquid from their bucket. Positive words and interactions have the opposite effect. You're using your dipper to add to their bucket, and in the process you add to your own. And as one's bucket is filled, it becomes much easier to share that overflow with others.
The authors have a number of studies that show the very real benefits of positive interactions, both mentally and physically. They also use a number of real-life stories showing how even a single positive interaction can turn around someone's life and have far-reaching effects. This isn't to say that you have to walk around all happy and cheery all the time, but it does force you to look at how you approach others and what effect you might be having on them (and yourself).
The changes this book offers are simple and easy to implement, and the payback can be large. A recommended read if you're looking to make some changes in your life.